Development strategy for police reform
The strategy is developed by experts of Law Enforcement Investigations Center and Kharkiv Human Rights Group, is discussed by the expert community in Kyiv and Lviv and approved at the meeting of the Expert Council under the Ministry of Interior on September 16 this year.
President signs repressive ‘anti-terrorist’ laws
Poroshenko has signed into law bills which human rights organizations warn are an unwarranted restriction on people’s rights. The increase in the prosecutor’s powers could lead to criminal proceedings being questioned, if not in Ukraine, then in Strasbourg
Repressive laws adopted in “fight against terrorism”
Moscow’s undeclared, yet ever more aggressive war against Ukraine was launched because Ukrainians had upheld their right to European integration. Ukraine’s parliament must not sabotage that integration through appallingly repressive laws.
Call to veto unconstitutional bill extending Prosecutor’s powers
A draft bill passed on Aug 12 will, if signed by the President, allow the Prosecutor to authorize searches, detention, wiretapping and other activities linked with criminal investigation.
Dangerous silence over police role in Odessa May 2 events
There are many ways to lose the information war. Inaction is one, especially when information, and even video footage are widely available which demonstrate the failure by police management and the emergency services to avert casualties during the clashes and fire on May 2.
Police who beat up Ani Lorak protesters fired
Four Odessa police officers are reported to have been dismissed for beating up protesters outside a concert by the singer Ani Lorak in an Odessa night club. Around 200 police officers dispersed a group of around 100 protesters, using rubber batons
Court case thrown out over clear signs that police planted evidence
A positive precedent has been created in Kharkiv with a case thrown out after the lawyer demonstrated that the police had fabricated the evidence. Over 15 thousand people end up in prison each year because the police, wanting good ‘statistics’, go for people over possession of tiny amounts of narcotics or plant the drugs themselves
Ukraine’s Security Service cuts all cooperation with Russian FSB
Ukraine’s SBU informs that it is revoking all agreements on cooperation with Russia’s FSB [Federation Security Service] and law enforcement agencies due to the latter’s role in aggression against Ukraine, including the military annexation of the Crimea and measures to destabilize the situation in the east of Ukraine
Twelve detained on suspicion of involvement in the gunning down of Maidan protesters (updated)
The acting Prosecutor General says the orders to gun down protesters on Institutska St on Feb 20 came from the president’s administration.
The Police must not be a threat to the public
Yevhen Zakharov, head of KHPG, talks about civic involvement in the selection of new heads of police; as well as the proposed reinstatement of many of the police monitoring projects cut back in 2010
Where is the investigation into last week’s carnage?
EuroMaidan SOS has publically called on Acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov to provide answers regarding the apparent lack of investigation into the shooting of protesters on 19 and 20 February
Titushki and Bercut riot police on the attack
The regime’s deployment of “titushki” urgently needs to be clearly recorded and communicated to the international community as demonstration that calls for “all parties” to show restraint are missing the point and manifestly not enough
Berkut snipers aimed at protesters
The first reports that Berkut riot police were positioned on roofs and aiming rubber bullets and grenades at protesters came early on Tuesday, with two of the injured women simply taking part in the procession
Waiting for more bloodshed?
The only charges brought against officials over the brutal dispersing of peaceful protesters on Nov 30 last year have been dropped, turning exchanges of assurances and demands for accountability into a dangerously empty ritual.
Kirovohrad AutoMaidan activist stripped of his license for 6 months
On Feb 12 judge Iryna Zahreba from the Kirovsk District Court in Kirovohrad prohibited AutoMaidan activst Vitaly Koval from driving for half a year in the latest of a number of template rulings throughout the country against peaceful protesters and civic activists
UMDPL: Сherkasy police infringed all regulations
Volodymyr Batchaev from the Association of Ukrainian Human Rights Monitors of Law Enforcement can see no grounds for most of the detentions in Cherkasy and is scathing in his assessment of police behaviour
SBU finds plans to “seize power” in opposition party’s server
Both the police and security service [SBU] have effectively accused the opposition Batkivshchyna of planning the Kyiv protests in advance [as per the Interior Ministry] or, in the SBU rendition “carrying out actions aimed at seizing state power”
Strasbourg gives priority consideration to EuroMaidan protester’s application
Igor Sirenko asserts that he was beaten up by special police units during a violent dispersal of protesters and then unlawfully detained on 30 November 2013
Uncompromising commitment to police state tactics
Western reports of major concessions from Yanukovych are misleading. It is excellent that the Jan 16 anti-protest laws were revoked, however repressive police measures had already been slipped in through ministerial or Cabinet of Ministers decrees, and the president then played a key role in hijacking the adoption of a real amnesty law